Nov 3, 2016

Far North Forging Forward

Hi!

Just a quick update on what we have been up to over the last month or so.

In Term 3 this year we had Computers in Homes running at Kerikeri Proctor Library, Umawera School and also at REAP in Kaitaia, in total we graduated 29 from these 3 venues.  It was a frantic and busy term as term 4 is turning out to be also.  We were lucky enough to have Peter Jackson the Editor of The Northland Age attend our event at REAP and subsequently had a lovely article printed in the paper the same week with colour photos of all three groups graduated (below).  We also had Adele Gardner our 2020 Far North ICT Trustee and Te Hiku Community Board member attend at REAP.



We are currently working with 3 groups at REAP Kaitaia through Term 4 2016 and also we have a group at TKKM o Whangaroa starting up now (they will be training twice a week to finish by Christmas).  Here is a photo of one of our REAP groups getting started, hard at work:


I also had the pleasure of catching up with several ex student at the Kaitaia Street Festival celebrating Adult Learners Week where we had a stall.  One in particular Tania Sneddon, had a stall of her own and is now working for Kaitaia Budgeting Services and is over the moon that her new found computer skills enabled her to not only have the courage to apply for that job but the skills required.  Look our for her story in our next Annual Report.

So, we are very busy up here in the Far North, making things happen!  Look out for my next update very soon when we graduate our next groups of whanau.







Jun 1, 2016

POSITIVE PLANNING

COMPUTERS IN HOMES FAR NORTH:
We have recently had some good news from head office confirming that we will be receiving some funding for the 2016 to 2017 period.  This has put all the wheels back in action and I am currently making plans to start classes in Term 3 (end of July) and will hopefully have our first groups graduated by end of September 2016.  We have an extensive waiting list for our local CTC and there are several small school also waiting patiently for their turn to host Computers in Homes.  The office has suddenly gone from calm and orderly to chaotic and frantic, in a good way of course.

STEPPING UP:
Stepping Up is trucking along nicely at Kaitaia Library with the staff there now very confident at taking charge here.  It has been a little slower at Kerikeri Proctor Library and we are still trying to get full cooperation and support from the staff here.  I am hoping if I can take CiH out there in Term 3 this may help boost the SUP numbers also.

ICDL/KIWISKILLS:
The awesome team at REAP Kaitaia have taken this project under their wings and are doing a great job getting young school leavers and job-starters trained up and certified.

Feb 25, 2016

Coming up in March...

  • STEPPING UP:  I am happy to report that Stepping UP has kicked off in both Kaitaia Library and Kerikeri Proctor Library for the year.  Kaitaia has full classes lined up and has become very popular in the community.  We are still promoting Kerikeri as it is still quite new to the area but have had several registrations here also.

  • COMPUTERS IN HOMES:  I have had several calls over the past few weeks of new families wanting to sign up for Computers in Homes and have an extensive waiting list, mainly for families in the Kaitaia area who have heard about our project from friends and family who have graduated last year.  We await news of further funding but may be able to put through a small group in Term 2, this is to be discussed with the Trust at the next meeting.

  • THE 2020 FAR NORTH ICT TRUST:  The 2020 Far North Trust have also been asked to speak at an upcoming PROBUS event on the 8th of March at REAP Kaitaia.  This is a fantastic opportunity to promote our projects and hopefully recruit some interest for another Trustee, as the Trust are always looking for an extra person.  We have our presentations ready and Ian Swindells (Trustee) and I are looking forward to speaking with this group.

Jan 29, 2016

New Year Madness

Hi everyone,

I hope you have all had a fantastic holiday period.  We sure have!

We had such a busy year in 2015, we graduated 170 families from the Computers in Homes Programme!  And that is just in our region, here in the Far North.

This term I will be concentrating on getting in touch with our families that are coming the the end of their 1 year support with us and making sure they are all on track to continue with their PC's at home without us.

Another focus of ours will be on getting our families in the Umawera/Mangamuka/Oakihau area connected to our fibre connection that we have made available thanks to additional funding we applied for and have utilised from various funders.  A huge thanks to Okaihau Primary School and Umawera Primary School for helping us make this happen.

Once Term 2 rolls around we are hoping to be back in action with CiH in the schools and also with our Community Centre Training at the Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia.  We already have a large waiting list of both schools and individuals waiting to take part so please register you interest with me if you haven't already and we will get to you as soon as we can.

Stepping UP is again in full swing this year at Kaitaia Library and at Kerikeri Proctor Library, registrations are coming in thick and fast so if you wish to registers for free computer training at either of these venues please visit www.steppingup.org.nz.

Wishing you all the best for all those starting back at school next week.

Yours sincerely,
Emma

Dec 9, 2015

ConGRADulations Kerikeri!


We had such a great day out at Kerikeri Primary School on Friday the 4th of December.  Our graduation for 13 whanau kicked off at 11:30am with special guest Janette Walker from the National Northland Office.  Principal Andrew Reed was also there to congratulate the families on their achievements and also to emphasise how important it is for the tamariki to see their parents still learning and succeeding.  Emma Tracey the Computers in Homes Regional Coordinator spoke to the group about what they have achieved and also what they can expect from the project over the next year.  She also discussed other training opportunities with the group such as Stepping UP (tutored by Vicki Penfold) being run at the Kerikeri Procter Library and also at the Kaitaia Library next year.  Kiwiskills Jobseekers was also spoken about which is being run by REAP Kaitaia, this is free to anyone job seeking and provides an internationally recognised certificate along with NZQA points.  Brett Hunter introduced himself to the group and advised everyone to get a surge protector to help save their PC in the event of a power surge.  Vicki Penfold the tutor of the course handed out the certificates to her students to finish off the event.



 We then had some photos and Vicki cut the celebration cake for us.  We had a lovely morning tea and a great chat before families loaded up their new PCs to take home.

This was our last group of graduates for the year!  We are looking forward to keeping busy in the New Year.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at CiH Far North,

Sep 28, 2015

Te Ahu Kaitaia Graduates 60 Whanau!

Computers in Homes Success in Kaitaia
September 2015

Story & Photo by Kirsty Saxon



This week sixty new Computers in Homes graduates gathered at the Te Ahu Centre for their graduation ceremony.  The students have just completed their twenty hours of free computer training at the Te Ahu Centre under the fantastic guidance of Debbie Cloete.  Far North REAP Chief Executive Ian Swindells, Far North 20/20 Trustee Adele Gardner, along with supportive whanau and friends attended the ceremony to celebrate the graduates’ achievements.  Adele was a guest speaker on the night and shared a fantastic Computer in Homes success story, explaining how she had recently met a former Computers in Home student who was now studying online for her teaching degree.  

Far North Computers in Homes Coordinator, Emma Tracey, congratulated the students on completing their course and setting a great example for our next generation.  “You’ve shown your tamariki it’s never too late to learn.  This might be the first step on your learning journey!  Some of our other graduates have gone on to run their own businesses and to begin studying for new careers.”

Each graduate received a refurbished desktop computer, new speakers, mouse and a keyboard to get them started on their online journey.  They are also entitled to a 1 years subsidised Naked Broadband connection and 1 year’s free technical support.  Families say the Computers in Homes programme helps to build valuable computer and online skills, help family members find work and give adults new confidence in learning.

Students now receive 12 months of ongoing technical support from capable technician Brett Hunter.  They have also been offered ongoing computer training through the Stepping Up programme.  This is a free programme available to anyone, and lets students choose the areas that they wish to learn about.  It is run at Kaitaia Library and Kerikeri Proctor Library.  

Simone Edwards from REAP was also on hand to inform graduates about the new KiwiSkills course which will soon be available in Kaitaia.  KiwiSkills computer training is free to any New Zealand resident over the age of 16 who is unemployed and looking for work.  KiwiSkills students learn how to use computers and the internet with confidence, and gain an internationally recognised certificate (ICDL – International Computer Driving Licence).  ICDL modules available through KiwiSkills use the same high quality materials and standards as regular ICDL training.

Emma Tracey, says “This term was awesome because it was our biggest cohort to date!  We ran Computers in Home courses at Te Kura Taumata Panguru, Te Kura o Hata Maria, Paihia School and Te Ahu Centre Kaitaia with 100 families all together.  We are planning to do another group at Kerikeri Primary School in Term 4.  After that we are awaiting further funding from the Ministry of Education when the budget is announced in May next year.”



Sep 24, 2015

PAIHIA PERFECTION!

Story & Photo by Kirsty Saxon



This week fourteen new Computers in Homes graduates gathered in Paihia for their graduation ceremony.  The students have just completed their twenty hours of free computer training at Paihia School under the fantastic guidance of Vicki Penfold.  Deputy Mayor, Tania McInnes, Green MP, David Clendon, along with supportive tamariki, whanau and friends attended the ceremony to celebrate the graduates hard work.  The Computers in Homes National Coordinator, Di Daniels also flew in specially to the Far North to attend the latest graduation.

National Coordinator, Di Daniels, was originally a tutor for Computers in Homes, before progressing to the national role.  Di says, “I’m incredibly proud of you as graduates, for taking this step for your tamariki.  Thank you for showing your children how important it is to learn.”

Course graduates enjoyed a celebration of their achievement, Natasha Turner was one of them, Natasha explained how she wanted to attend the classes to share her learning with her children.  Natasha was excited about learning things which would help her children with their learning at school.  Another classmate, Ngawai Hill, shared her story of how she was looking forward to learning more, “I wanted to up my computer skills to keep up with my children.”

Each graduate received a refurbished desktop computer, new speakers, mouse and a keyboard to get them started on their online journey.  They are also entitled to a 1 years subsidised Naked Broadband connection and 1 years free technical support.  Families say the Computers in Homes programme helps to build valuable computer and online skills, help family members find work and give adults new confidence in learning.

Paihia School Principal, Jane Lindsay, congratulated the students on demonstrating that just because school has finished for some, it didn’t mean you stop learning.  “I’m living the dream because I’ve got parents and whanau in our school.  It’s not just the children who are learners, but also our parents who are learning.”  David Clendon agrees, “This is a great programme because it brings parents into schools, and lets our kids see their parents as learners too.”

Each student now receives 12 months of ongoing technical support from capable technician Brett Hunter.  They have also been offered ongoing computer training through the Stepping UP programme.  This is a free programme available to anyone, and lets students choose the areas that they wish to learn about.  It is run at Kaitaia Library and Kerikeri Proctor Library.  

Emma Tracey, says “We are currently running courses at Te Kura Taumata Panguru, Te Kura o Hata Maria, Paihia School and Te Ahu Centre Kaitaia with 100 families all together.  We are planning to do another group at Kerikeri Primary School in Term 4.  After that we are awaiting further funding from the Ministry of Education when the budget is announced in May next year.”


Sep 3, 2015

Panguru Photos

Panguru Graduation on PhotoPeach

The Tremendous Te Kura Taumata Panguru!

The Graduates from Te Kura Taumata Panguru with their Tamariki, Jill Paaka, Tutor and Emma Tracey, Computers in Homes Regional Coordinator.
This week eight new Computers in Homes graduates gathered in Panguru for their graduation ceremony.  The students have just completed from their twenty hours of free computer training at Te Kura Taumata Panguru under the able tutelage of Jill Paaka.  Mayor, John Carter, and Chairperson of the Kaikohe Community Board, Pauline Evans, along with supportive whanau and friends attended the ceremony to celebrate the graduates hard work.

Tutor, Jill Paaka, who was a past principal of Te Kura Taumata Panguru and has a background in adult education, was brought on board to take the course this term.  Jill says, “It was good fun!  I enjoyed it.  There was a diverse age range of parents and grandparents in the group, however I was impressed how quickly they became confident.  They were a great bunch of people.”

Course graduates enjoyed a celebration of their achievement, Maryanne Blair was one of them, Maryanne explained how everyone came along and helped each other.  Maryanne was excited about finally getting on the internet with her new computer.  Another classmate shared her story of how amazed her daughter was her mum sent her first email, “My daughter said it was so cool to get my email in her inbox!  I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with my family online.”

Each graduate received a refurbished desktop computer, new speakers and a keyboard to get them started on their online journey.  They are also entitled to a 1 years subsidised Naked Broadband connection and 1 years free technical support.  Families say the Computers in Homes programme helps to build valuable computer and online skills, help family members find work and give adults new confidence in learning.

Far North Regional Course Coordinator, Emma Tracey, congratulated the students on taking a leap and getting involved in learning about something new.  “I appreciate how difficult it is to get out of the house, and your commitment to coming to class every Sunday.”

Each student now receives 12 months of ongoing technical support from capable technician Brett Hunter.  They have also been offered ongoing computer training through the Stepping UP programme.  This is a free programme available to anyone, and lets students choose the areas that they wish to learn about.  It is run at Kaitaia Library and Kerikeri Proctor Library.  


Emma Tracey, says “We are currently running courses at Te Kura Taumata Panguru, Te Kura o Hata Maria, Paihia School and Te Ahu Centre Kaitaia with 100 families all together.  We are planning to do another group at Kerikeri Primary School in Term 4.  After that we are awaiting further funding from the Ministry of Education when the budget is announced in May next year.”

By Kirsty Saxon
August 2015

Jul 2, 2015

THE BIGGEST ONE YET!

I am excited to attach the article below from The Northland Age, I think it says it all...


Apr 23, 2015

TAKING OFF AT TE AHU AGAIN!


Thanks to all those participants and helpers that turned out to the Launch event for Term 2 Computers in Homes at the Te Ahu Centre on Monday the 20th of April at 5:30.
 
It was really great to meet all the keen mums and dads that will be taking part in the basic computer training over the next 10 weeks.  I can’t wait to see everyone again at the graduation event and hear about what has been learnt and what plans they have for the future with their computers and their tamariki.  We had a good turnout of 25 participants but have 55 registered for this term in total with some apologies for the night.
 
We have already booked in the Graduation at the Te Ahu Centre for the 26th of June and have some special guests already RSVP’d including:
  • Kelvin Davis - Labour Party
  • David Clendon - Green Party
  • Ian Swindells (REAP) and Eric Shakelton - 2020 Far North ICT Trustees

Above:  The new participants at the Launch for Computers in Homes Term 2 intake at the Te Ahu Centre.  Emma Tracey the Regional Coordinator speaking.

Apr 13, 2015

30 GRADUATES FOR CIH FAR NORTH!

On April 2nd 2015 Computers In Homes Far North hosted their Term 1 Graduation awards and afternoon tea at the Te Ahu Banquet Room at 5:30 pm.  30 local families attended this event and it was the largest Graduation they have had for Computers in Homes in the Far North to date.  They are continuing the project in Term 2 at the Te Ahu Centre and plan to graduate a further 50 families in June this year.


  Above:  Graduates for Term 1 2015 at the Te Ahu Centre, also including Tutor Debbie Cloete, CiH Regional Coordinator Emma Tracey and Mayor John Carter.

Computers in Homes is a project where parents attend training for 10 weeks, and during Term 1 they had four separate classes running during each week which were led by Ana Vivian and Debbie Cloete.  The parents received 20 hours of computer training in total.  This enabled them to enhance the future learning of their Whanau through digital awareness.  Learning mainly the basics of computer usage but also a few clever tricks to not only help the tamariki at home with homework etc. but also so the parents feel confident to make positive changes of their own by communicating with their local schools online, and the skills to set them up for all sorts of possibilities, they have had families go on to set up their own businesses from home and enrol in correspondence schooling.

 
Above Left:  Mayor John Carter inspiring the Graduates
Above Right:  Mayor John Carter with Graduate Annie Rawiri and CiH Regional Coordinator Emma Tracey.

 The graduates received their certificates from Mayor John Carter who is a strong supporter of the project and Computers in Homes Regional Coordinator Emma Tracey.  The graduates were awarded with refurbished computers, which came with a brand new mouse, keyboard and also speakers.  The computers came with 6 months warranty and 1 year free technical support from the reliable technician Brett Hunter.  Also, if the graduates choose, they are entitled to receive a subsidised internet connection from their Internet Service Provider SNAP.  This event was lovely to attend, it was so nice to see families bonding with others and the smiles on their faces and their tamariki when they received their certificates and computers.

 Above Left:  Graduate Denise Pokaihau-Rogers cutting the GIANT celebratory cake.
Above Right:  One of the graduates getting ready to take home his new PC.

By Tayla Trail
Writer and Photographer